This wing is designed with a central common space accommodating multiple functions, thus eliminating the confining restrictions of corridors that can be confusing to memory care residents. The memory care wing for 27 residents was added to the existing Brookdale Senior Living independent living and assisted living facility.

Brookdale’s open plan of resident rooms encircling common space provides all resident rooms ready access to the activity and dining areas. The focal point of the open common space is the country kitchen, which serves multiple functions as a landmark gathering point, a dining area with a counter and chairs, and a nurse station. One side of the kitchen space is devoted to dining. The opposite side is designated for activities, games, socializing, and watching television. The front of the common space is devoted to a parlor/living room area with various seating configurations, accommodations for some memory activities, and a gas fireplace.

The openness throughout the common spaces provides a warm, familiar, residential-styled environment for what is typically an institutional setting. A secure open porch area that opens to outdoor garden spaces provides a setting for residents to relax and enjoy the out-of-doors.

Photos © Michael Peck